I am currently taking 40mgOxyCR twice daily w/5-5mg oxyIR for breakthrough pain. This is for severe COPD/Emphysema that I was diagnosed with 3 years ago and was immediately accepted for disability. Since then, the FEV numbers have dropped from .57 to .3 (a/o 3 months ago). I cannot walk more than five feet w/o oxygen and the condition seems to be going downhill more rapidly. I had been on Prednisone (up to 30 mg/day), but stopped taking it as it wasn't helping breathing any more at all.

I have never used a patch before and am wondering if the pain relief is as or more effective than Oxy.